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2019-08-02 16:24 - Gabi Zietsman
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If you have a UK passport or live in Asia, you have probably probably racked up a few air miles last year.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released their annual statistics report for air travel across the globe - from which nationality was flying the most to which domestic route had the most passengers in 2018.

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Watch the video at the top to see the numbers.

"Airlines are connecting more people and places than ever before. The freedom to fly is more accessible than ever. And our world is a more prosperous place as a result," says IATA's director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac after the release of the performance report.

IATA also highlighted the need to keep the environment in mind as the industry continues to expand.

"As with any human activity this comes with an environmental cost that airlines are committed to reducing. We understand that sustainability is essential to our license to spread aviation’s benefits.

"From 2020 we will cap net carbon emissions growth. And, by 2050, we will cut our net carbon footprint to half of 2005 levels. This ambitious climate action goal needs government support. It is critical for sustainable aviation fuels, new technology and more efficient routes to deliver the greener future we are aiming for,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

The biggest growth in the industry was attributed to low-cost carriers (LLC), who have outperformed the bigger network carriers. 

LLC capacity grew 13.4%, almost doubling the overall industry growth rate of 6.9%, and their share of available seats went up by 16% since 2004 to 29% of the global share.

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The most popular regions

Based on total passengers carried on scheduled services by airlines registered in that region

1. Asia-Pacific 37.1% market share (1.6 billion passengers, up of 9.2% compared to the region’s passengers in 2017) 

2. Europe 26.2% market share (1.1 billion passengers, up 6.6% over 2017) 

3. North America 22.6% market share (989.4 million passengers, up 4.8% over 2017)

4. Latin America 6.9% market share (302.2 million passengers, up 5.7% over 2017)

5. Middle East 5.1 % market share (224.2 million passengers, an increase of 4.0% over 2017) 

6. Africa 2.1% market share (92 million passengers, up 5.5% over 2017)

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The top airlines

Ranked by total scheduled passenger kilometers flown

1. American Airlines (330.6 billion)

2. Delta Air Lines (330 billion) 

3. United Airlines (329.6 billion)

4. Emirates (302.3 billion)

5. Southwest Airlines (214.6 billion)

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The most travelled nationalities

Only for international routes and refers specifically to the passport on which the passenger traveled (not country of residence) and the data exclude connection traffic.

1. United Kingdom (126.2 million, or 8.6% of all passengers)

2. United States (111.5 million, or 7.6% of all passengers)

3. People’s Republic of China (97 million, or 6.6% of all passengers)

4. Germany (94.3 million, or 6.4% of all passengers)

5. France (59.8 million, or 4.1% of all passengers)

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The top international/regional passenger airport-pairs

Airport pairs are counted bi-directionally on an origin-destination (O-D) basis, including traffic that may have had intermediate connections.

1. Hong Kong - Taipei Taoyuan (5.4 million, down 0.4% from 2017) 

2. Bangkok Suvarnabhumi - Hong Kong (3.4 million, increased 8.8% from 2017)

3. Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta - Singapore Changi (3.2 million, decreased 3.3% from 2017)

4. Seoul-Incheon - Osaka-Kansai (2.9 million, an increase of 16.5% from 2017)

5. Kuala Lumpur–International – Singapore Changi (2.8 million, up 2.1% from 2017)

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The top domestic passenger airport-pairs

1. Jeju - Seoul Gimpo (14.5 million, up 7.6% over 2017)

2. Fukuoka - Tokyo Haneda (7.6 million, an increase of 0.9% from 2017) 

3. Melbourne-Tullamarine - Sydney (7.6 million, down 2.1% from 2017)

4. Sapporo - Tokyo-Haneda (7.3 million, decreased by 1.5% from 2017) 

5. Beijing Capital - Shanghai Hongqiao (6.4 million, up 0.4% from 2017)

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